Rice Received in Indonesia

By , June 3, 2005

During the past several weeks the partnership of Operation Compassion, Feed the Children and the foundation for Love and Care in Indonesia have been working to secure delivery of five hundred (500) containers of rice from Taiwan for Indonesia. At approximately thirty-eight thousand (38,000) pounds per container, the donation totals nineteen (19) million pounds. However, the first hurdle was solidifying governmental relationships, especially since Indonesia and Taiwan do not have a trade agreement.

Since the initiation of this project, many meetings, phone calls and emails have been shared between the various parties. Tommy Smith, director of Operation Compassion in Indonesia has been extremely helpful in spearheading this project from Indonesia. Mr. Smith has coordinated between the government officials, the Foundation leadership and Operation Compassion in the United States. Without his insight, wisdom and flexible travel schedule, working through this project would have been much more difficult.

With a project the size and scope of this rice, there were many other people involved as well. The leadership of the Foundation for Love and Care in Indonesia also played a very large part in the total process. Members of the board of directors and other leaders, including Pastor Niko assumed pivotal roles in bring government and foundation leaders together. Their leadership in an Indonesian based charity helped to solidify the Indonesian connection with the leaders in Taiwan.

At the beginning of this entire project was Larry Jones and Feed the Children. Originally, Feed the Children was given this donation of rice for their use around the world six months prior to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Larry Jones asked Operation Compassion to handle much of this donation to help feed the hungry around the world. David Lorency, International Field Director for Operation Compassion had designated two hundred of these containers for Indonesia. However, there was some delay moving the rice donation due to governmental regulations. As it would turn out, the delay became providential as the earthquake and tsunami struck.

David Lorency contacted Larry Jones to ask if the entire donation of rice could be sent to the tsunami survivors since rice is a staple food for that region of the world. After the government of Taiwan consented, Feed the Children and Operation Compassion began the process of sending this donation of rice into the devastated areas. Then, the marathon of meetings began as logistics, customs and all legal documents had to be prepared and satisfied to everyone’s expectations.

Through the partnerships forged by Operation Compassion, Feed the Children, the Foundation for Love and Care in Indonesia and the governments of Indonesia and Taiwan, there are one hundred twenty-four (124) containers of the five hundred (500) of rice that have been delivered to an Operation Compassion operated warehouse in Medan, Indonesia. These containers are waiting to be transported to the various disaster distribution sites throughout the country. Once the rice is received at these sites, one hundred twenty-six thousand (126,000) Indonesian family survivors, including children and the elderly, will receive twenty-five pounds of rice a month for six months to help sustain their lives.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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